Albert Finney, five-time Oscar nominee, dead at 82

Albert Finney, five-time Oscar nominee, dead at 82

Albert Finney, five-time Oscar nominee, dead at 82

Yesterday the 82-year-old died after a short illness, leaving behind an incredible acting career.

According to a family statement, provided to The Associated Press, Finney died after "a short illness with those closest to him by his side".

Our thoughts are with Finney's family and friends at this hard time.

The bookmaker's son was born and educated in Salford, Greater Manchester, rising to worldwide stardom but despite being nominated for Oscars five times he never won.

British actor Albert Finney arrives to the premiere of his new film "Erin Brockovich" in Los Angeles on March 14, 2000.

Finney's final movie role was playing Kincade in the 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall.

Westworld star, and fellow Bond franchise alumnus, Jeffrey Wright called Finney "supreme" and "one of the absolute [greatest of all time]", saying he habitually watched Finney's Oscar-nominated performance in The Dresser before starting a new play.

Finney acted in a wide variety of material, including the mainstream musical Scrooge, a low-budget crime comedy (Gumshoe) and the celebrity-ridden adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express.

Tributes: Praise for the late Albert Finney poured in after his death yesterday.

He was the recipient of two Baftas from 13 nominations and received a British Academy Fellowship in 2001.

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Albert Finney", the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) said on Twitter.

Finney managed to avoid the all-consuming celebrity that often accompanied big-screen fame.

This was to be a familiar pattern, with Finney alternating between film work and stage productions in London and NY. "Apart from being effortlessly great he was also a great all round example of how to behave".

Referencing Finney's turn in as 007's gruff gamekeeper in the acclaimed "Skyfall", he added: "Wherever Albert is now, I hope there are horses and good company".

Finney's funeral will be held in private. He is survived by Delmage and his son, Simon Finney, from his first marriage.

His first appearance was in The Entertainer in 1960, and he has bagged a number of lead roles since.

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